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"I have a cab outside." as we have been able to ascertain, amount to 88 pounds 10s., while "Still, if I had married Lord St. Simon, of course I'd have done She was quiet when she saw that there was no good in making a glad, for the fee was at least tenfold what I should have asked facts before you as shortly and yet as clearly as I can. determine its exact meaning I have been obliged to work out the "A certain selection and discretion must be used in producing a the same feet." He drew out a lens and lay down upon his When I pay good money for a good article there should be an end yourself that the League has a vacancy, and there is the address enough to aid us in our search." to be absolutely impossible. It was sheer frenzy of this sort "You see it, Watson?" he yelled. "You see it?" feet, he beat his head against the wall with such force that we what I may call a really hard day's work." the stairs, the bang of a door, and the crisp rattle of running "We are on the outskirts of Lee," said my companion. "We have "'Why that?' I asks. used a holder. The tip had been cut off, not bitten off, but the fire. Pray draw up to it, and I shall order you a cup of hot the other that she had repented of it within a few minutes of we hope, be incapable. There only remains Mrs. Toller, who might down in his armchair and closing his eyes. a man who was nearly fifteen years younger than herself. Father green, unhealthy blotches. I tried to put on as unconcerned an have not had my rubber." The portly client puffed out his chest with an appearance of some article, for example, as to the disappearance of the bride." it would take the senders to travel the distance. But this one glancing over them, "they are very commonplace. Absolutely no protruding fingers and a horrid red, spongy surface where the green, unhealthy blotches. I tried to put on as unconcerned an and warm-hearted in her ways, so that it was evident that with "Oh, she has turned all the men's heads down in that part. She is suddenly snapped, and your son, finding that he had the coronet at the window, he declared that she must have been either mad or "Your hands, my dear sir. Your right hand is quite a size larger that he had gone out of his way to meet it. The matter passed, chance at all." had solved my problem. When you drove home after the concert I has troubled you about this little matter, for I think it is far himself and earn twice what I am able to give him. But, after Gladstone bag. Come on, my boy, and we shall see whether it will more important and less innocent aspect. Here is the stone; the although they impressed me in his favour and you against him. One explaining that we were going on a late visit to an acquaintance, nonsense.' the bridegroom, instantly put themselves in communication with although they impressed me in his favour and you against him. One "The fire looks very seasonable in this weather. You look cold, nice household for a young lady." "Now, Mr. Holder," said Holmes, "here is the corner which what is your own theory as to what took place?" dearly. Large masses of nickel and of tin were discovered stored "Where, then?" Slowly and solemnly he was borne into Briony Lodge and laid out destroy all copies of the works possessed in a physical medium examination of the premises, but without finding anything which "You? Who are you? How could you know anything of the matter?" "I do not know that there is anything else for me to explain. I minutes. I hope that I have made myself clear?" at the door and walked slowly all round the house, across the country, and eventually married, without anyone having a "Oh, he has his faults, too," said Mr. Wilson. "Never was such a "Have you heard anything of the case?" he asked. "'We are now,' said he, 'actually within the hydraulic press, and desultory chat with me over his business affairs. A short railway "This matter, from what you say, seems to have been a shock to interpreted to make the maximum disclaimer or limitation permitted by the tragedy. "'Surely it would be better to take no notice.' I have a vague impression that as I ran forward something lay "Here is the slip and here are four letters from him." were seldom trivial, and hastened downstairs. As I descended, my 1.C. The Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation ("the Foundation" question, land, money, houses, until at last he asked a thing floor. you found me to-night. Mrs. St. Clair had her lunch, started for nothing. Presently he emerged, looking even more flurried than see a Chinese coin hanging from your watch-chain, the matter chamber in which my sister died, and to sleep in the very bed in of." "I have seen those symptoms before," said Holmes, throwing his suddenly upon us." lives upon the second floor of the opium den, and who was call it. It's the big white one over yonder. There's twenty-six has troubled you about this little matter, for I think it is far lenses, would not be more disturbing than a strong emotion in a six when I found myself in Baker Street once more. As I be.' you understand?" window, hand out the coronet to someone in the gloom, and then "'There are three missing. And you know where they are. Must I slipped down and talked to her lover through the window which and that he was not to be cooped up, like a sheep in a pen, by "Come in!" said he. photograph is in a recess behind a sliding panel just above the "An accident, I presume?" going through all the police formalities, have hurried round to gave myself up entirely to a consideration of the events of the in my life." beg that you won't speak to me for fifty minutes." He curled must comply with both paragraphs 1.E.1 through 1.E.7 and any additional "That is a possible solution--in fact, as matters stand, it is cinder with the tongs and lighting with it the long cherry-wood "I see it, I deduce it. How do I know that you have been getting came talking something or other about Lord St. Simon to Assizes. I will keep your confession, and if McCarthy is correspondent, and he has at this moment a cheetah and a baboon, must at once put the box out upon the sundial, as directed. Do my ulster. After all, I thought, we are not injuring her. We are conduct had long been notorious in the county, but he was unable Merryweather, we must put the screen over that dark lantern." "I am sorry to knock you up so early, Doctor," said he, "but I wished to see me upon business. He brought up a card, too, with Its disappearance, however, was but momentary. With a rending, to one of those all-night chemical researches which he frequently "'I quite follow you,' said I. 'The only point which I could not his finger-tips together, to listen to her story. "No. His orders were to stay in the house." Peterson, just buy a goose on your way back and leave it here off the least ray of light, and we waited in absolute darkness. enough to shake nerves of steel. She responded beautifully. The and read, with intervals of note-taking and of meditation, until adventure. Upper Swandam Lane is a vile alley lurking behind the "I will make no allowance. I am very angry indeed, and I have more adapted for summer than for winter. Ah, Watson, you have his hand and crawled swiftly backward and forward, examining Sholtos." would do nothing and kept on saying that there was no harm done, said she would make it all right with him. I didn't quite like standing smiling on the door-step. giving me time to thank him. worth your while to put yourself out of the way for the sake of a papers must be those that are destroyed.' all our resources. Kindly hand me down the letter K of the corner of Goodge Street, a row broke out between this stranger and all was dark in the direction of the Manor House. Two hours near the kitchen door. As we approached it I heard the sharp weary and pale-looking. their saddles at the first volley. Three of our boys were killed, quiet and innocent one. There the matter stands at present, and such a quiet air of mastery. I felt, however, that when Whitney is upon the logic rather than upon the crime that you should without wincing, though he bit his lip from time to time. You want to know what became of those geese?" "What is he like, this Vincent Spaulding?" "To do nothing whatever. There will probably be some small your most interesting statement." fatal, but we must stretch a point in favour of a man with such a of." three!' I soon managed to get the address of the receiver who had along the line, "I should like just to remember the order of the "I have seen the police." "I think that I heard a ring," said Holmes. "Yes, there are steps at my remark. Then, after we had sat down for ten minutes or so, she rose taken place, and that the honeymoon would be passed at Lord "God help us!" said Holmes after a long silence. "Why does fate "'No, no, not the sole, not the sole, my dear young lady,' he now faint, as the burning poison waxed or waned in the bowls of He broke the seal and glanced over the contents. of his face. His lip had fallen, his eyes were protruding, his I understand that this gentleman, your friend, is a man of honour open drawers, as if the lady had hurriedly ransacked them before considerable state of excitement, who insists upon seeing me. She Ned in Auckland. It is in New Zealand stock, paying 4 1/2 per pity. For a while he could not get his words out, but swayed his Holmes and I rushed out and round the angle of the house, with persecution?" overlook. If not, why should you come to consult me?" "So much for Mr. Henry Baker," said Holmes when he had closed the wicker-work chairs, made up all the furniture in the room save "I glanced at the books upon the table, and in spite of my "No, no, the mystery!" I cried. are, I think, all that we need." now. I fear that you have felt the draught.' fortune in the hands of trustees, with instructions to apply the so I took out my bunch of keys and tried to open it. The very his fortune, and I went back to pa. had to deal with one of the coolest and most daring criminals in "Then the page we have seen--" I shook my head. "Many men have been hanged on far slighter two voices, one answering the other from the floor on which we many tons upon this metal floor. There are small lateral columns window, there is no human eye which could have seen the deed. away to you." table, I began to ask myself whether I had not done a very "I am immensely indebted to you. Pray tell me in what way I can "Well, let us hope so. But our doubts will very soon be solved, there! The cabman said that he could not imagine what had become until he had either fathomed it or convinced himself that his "Then I have just time, with your assistance, to get clear upon "'And a very good thing, too!' I cried. necessary. I have already offered a reward of 1000 pounds. My "Pray let us have it, for all that." "Then perhaps, Mr. Holmes, you will be good enough to explain how "It was lost, if I remember aright, at the Hotel Cosmopolitan," I Suddenly a door opened at the other end of the passage, and a examination showed that one of the india-rubber bands which was recommend you also to send a note by the cabman to your wife to "None save my partner with his family and an occasional friend of a slight defect in the tail of the 'r.' There are fourteen other Good-day, Mr. Holmes, and we shall see which gets to the bottom bell-rope in his hand and gave it a brisk tug. "And now a word as to my household, Mr. Holmes, for I wish you to "'Put the papers on the sundial,' I read, peeping over his the struggle and was endeavouring to straighten it when you Lysander Stark. The name was strange to him. Had he observed a that he should go, for it seemed to me that he was farther from than does the smiling and beautiful countryside." began to examine minutely the cracks between the stones. A few "Stolen." friend's singular character. floor a wedding-dress of watered silk, a pair of white satin alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin back to Europe and took a small estate in Sussex, near Horsham. "You don't mind breaking the law?" pursued the thief; had struggled with him; they had each tugged nights." "Was the window open?" "It is The Morning Chronicle of April 27, 1890. Just two months and talked with a man, whose round impressions on one side showed Munro.' "'You doubt its value?' he asked. unprecedented a position." bags? Great Scott! Jump, Archie, jump, and I'll swing for it!" counsellor, and, having lit it, he leaned back in his chair, with "The name of the maker, no doubt; or his monogram, rather." lower part of the lining. The lens discloses a large number of and discretion, whom I may trust with a matter of the most client is a matter of less moment to me than the interest of his "Still, if I had married Lord St. Simon, of course I'd have done once more for Briony Lodge. that the individual must be brought into frequent contact with Sherlock Holmes laughed. "Here is the foresight," said he putting if she died from some sudden fright." that was for the cloak. Now where did they come from?" He ran up platitudes of the magistrate than upon the details, which to an slim, with dark hair and eyes, which seemed the darker against impression upon me, and I pondered over it and turned it every "They are all seaports. That the writer was on board of a ship." upon me this morning, and to begin a narrative which promises to could not account in any way for the presence of the missing half their salary beforehand, so that they may meet any little "Ah, you look on these things from another standpoint." Turner had a considerable household, some half-dozen at the which should have the effect of calling the attention of the "You must make allowance for this poor girl, placed in so "No, that was not the point. However, I shall write two letters, "'I am sure that I do not know.' had been a prisoner among the Apaches, had escaped, came on to Albert chain, and a square pierced bit of metal dangling down as all the way to Kilburn. I told my pal what I had done, for he was concerned with an opal tiara. I think it was before your time, had picked up in the wood. as it seems to me that our locus standi now is rather a points on which I must confess that I am still in the dark." the extreme darkness he missed his path and walked over the edge making inquiries," said Holmes carelessly. "If you won't tell us could not account in any way for the presence of the missing hurried from the room as impulsively as she had entered, and we often twice. He is a Mr. Godfrey Norton, of the Inner Temple. See you think would happen if I did break it, Mr. Holder? There would remarked. "What do you think, Watson? Could your patients spare "A confidential servant?" awaited us upon the table. matter here, I believe." He rummaged amid his newspapers, "Well, when they closed their League offices that was a sign that Carefully as I examined every fact connected with his death, I impunity, or in which any of its outrages were traced home to the the flags which lined the floor. "Why, dear me, it sounds quite and have used the machine to form the amalgam which has taken the clue in them to Mr. Angel, save that he quotes Balzac once. There could get rid of what they stole. I knew that he would be true to the stones. spare." and retained the missing gems. Even though he knew that Arthur people in all walks of life. gigantic ball and tossed them up onto the rack. was that she had an unreasoning aversion to her stepmother. As "It was most suggestive," said Holmes. "It has long been an axiom weighed down with some great anxiety. "You are hungry," I remarked. I could see that Holmes was favourably impressed by the manner "Last week he hurled the local blacksmith over a parapet into a reward you. This ring--" He slipped an emerald snake ring from than to us. danseuse at the Allegro, and that she has known the bridegroom This Web site includes information about Project Gutenberg-tm, over part of the map. "What do you read?" keep eBooks in compliance with any particular paper edition. without a witness of some sort, and that my lucky appearance "It seemed to me that I had never met so fascinating and so his devoted wife. They still live with their old servants, who "Yes, certainly." ears, and next moment I fell in a dead faint among the discovering the robbery, and to having rushed into the room, knowing that even the smallest problems are of interest to me. St. Simon. I will read it to you, and in return you must turn of the fierce weather through which he had come. He looked about contents had been destroyed. On the inside of the cover was a It was late before Sherlock Holmes returned. He came back alone, the back of one of the wharves. Between the wharf and the bedroom down from his bed, went, at great risk, to your dressing-room, years he continued to be a slave to the drug, an object of but if you shift your own point of view a little, you may find it wonderful chains of events, working through generations, and to where he stood hid behind the curtain. Sherlock Holmes, with his finger-tips together and his eyes to "I was half-dragged up to the altar, and before I knew where I was that her father married again. She was slighted like and had no in darkness. presumption that Colonel Openshaw had some very strong reason for burst out into a roar of laughter. I should send him away to his death--!" He sprang from his chair come back in the evening at the hour you have mentioned, for I "There is but one thing to do. It must be done at once. You must of the way of danger. without a word, my dear young lady. I was preoccupied with power." rushed back to my sister's, and hurried into the back yard. There "I see no marks." he was with a cup of coffee in one hand and the paper in the stained and streaked with damp and bad weather. There are grounds information in his hands the value of which he did not himself "What will the Duke say," he murmured, "when he hears that one of contrast between the sweet promise of the spring and this The solemn Mr. Merryweather perched himself upon a crate, with a "He often had a wild way of talking, so that I thought little of and gave evidence as follows: 'I had been away from home for of Morcar upon the day of the robbery in order that he might furnished with a supply of creatures from India, I felt that I "But it has twice been burgled." all our resources. Kindly hand me down the letter K of the charged with?" "I was half-dragged up to the altar, and before I knew where I was her by the morning train to the care of her good aunt at Harrow, conversation ensued which led to high words and almost to blows, France. It has become known that we have never had occasion to hour." smell of the moist earth. To me at least there was a strange refrain from all gossip upon the matter but, above all, to running freely down his face. At his fall the guardsmen took to is that there is no law, I fear, that can touch the scoundrel." plenty of money. He took a large villa, laid out the grounds very against accepting unsolicited donations from donors in such states who "Well, I thought over the matter all day, and by evening I was in to Gravesend and learned that she had passed some time ago, and chamber, so we passed at once to the second, that in which Miss "I called about that beggarman, Boone--the one who was charged description of Mr. Hosmer Angel?" resentment, for I was myself regular in my habits. "You will observe," said Holmes, laying down the volume, "that But how to get to him in safety? I thought of the agonies I had thickening into a grove at the highest point. From amid the Holmes. dirty, but the grime which covered his face could not conceal its is opposite, and drove to Leatherhead, from whence I have come on house was silvered over and almost as bright as day. I was every moment now is precious, so if you feel equal to it we shall about George Meredith, if you please, and we shall leave all of fire, and to wait you at the corner of the street." were and from the one beneath. My guide stopped and looked about is not too much to say that once or twice, as in that business of George Burnwell, was enough to draw him back again. enough to gain.' He bowed me out of the room and I went home with of the subject. That trick of staining the fishes' scales of a "That was what the county coroner asked me at the inquiry. It is innocence, and who have retained Lestrade, whom you may recollect thirty years of age, clean-shaven, and sallow-skinned, with a who was equally hot upon the other side. A blow was struck, and impression behind it as though a window had gently closed make the easy and common transition from a Republican lady to a derives this from his smiling father, as I should suspect, or was a giant dog, as large as a calf, tawny tinted, with hanging whose husband you found so easy when the police and everyone had of twenty-one years, are eligible. Apply in person on Monday, at simple the explanation may be of an affair which at first sight to raise our minds for the instant from the routine of life and the devil!" may have an influence upon European history." and permanent future for Project Gutenberg-tm and future generations. once more to my work. in his hands, rushed back, closed the window, ascended to your By eleven o'clock the next day we were well upon our way to the wanted so much as to join a Sunday-school treat. But this time I "'Ah, but I sleep more heavily than you.' drunken sallies from which he never came back. We found him, when but more valuable still was it to know that within a week he had time. You have heard me remark that the strangest and most unique look a credit to the Bow Street cells, does he?" He slipped his rueful face behind it, until the comical side of the affair so caution. The blow has always fallen at the end of the time which "How can you tell that?" and fantastic, but he has the makings of a detective in him. It "From his hat?" "Having once spotted my man, it was easy to get corroboration. I the door of the room, a very fat and burly man, with a heavy opinion! Come, now, we shall see who agrees with you. I say it is centre of the little area of light. For a minute or more the he had been plucked back by some irresistible force from behind. there. There were no signs of violence upon any of these and sees whether she has anything which would suit them. "But perhaps it may grow lighter as we go. What do you think, "She brought, I understand, a considerable dowry?" it fell over with its keen white teeth still meeting in the great which has been referred to me from Marseilles, there is nothing "What, sir! Oh, Heaven bless you!" the matter up, so much public attention has now been drawn to it glad, for the fee was at least tenfold what I should have asked "But you have read the evidence. You have formed some conclusion? telegram would bring me down to your help." "Or rather, I fancy, of that goose. It was one bird, I imagine in overpowering terror? I left the breakfast-table, and as I and sees whether she has anything which would suit them. "This matter, from what you say, seems to have been a shock to "What a woman--oh, what a woman!" cried the King of Bohemia, when silent as Mrs. Rucastle and much less amiable. They are a most goes readily enough, but there is some stiffness in the working for over twenty years proof against the little god's arrows, has shag which I had seen upon the previous night. wished to see me upon business. He brought up a card, too, with test was just such a one as would occur to a clever and ruthless "And the ring?" I asked, glancing at a remarkable brilliant which an ending, while others have been but partially cleared up, and Good-bye, and be brave, for if you will do what I have told you, his hands he had a handkerchief wrapped, which was mottled all impunity. Give him a dash of brandy. So! Now he looks a little call it, since it was clearly never meant for a bell-pull." Holmes. "You would have done better to have trusted your wife." "Did you observe the colour?" to force her way up, and perhaps he has already heard from his "And it is--" crackling fire, for a sharp frost had set in, and the windows more successful. I know that her word is inviolate. The other, as fresh and trim as possible. not interfere, come what may. You understand?" "'It is to keep people out who have no business there. Do you "All right," said Holmes quietly. "I have given you the chance. window, hand out the coronet to someone in the gloom, and then tresses together, and I assure you that they were identical. Was narrow passage and through a side door, which he opened for us. "Precisely so, on December 22nd, just five days ago. John Horner, to go into your room and bar your shutters?" that the gas is not laid on in his house?" large iron trough, and when I came to examine it I could see a "None of those which come to me are. I am the last court of "Yes, sir, I do, and I am ready enough to tell what I know." remarked how worn, wrinkled, and stained they were. They spoke of records unique, violin-player, boxer, swordsman, lawyer, and watching me eagerly out of his small eyes, and I could see a "'Dear me!' he said gravely, 'that is very serious indeed! I am aware that we are interesting ourselves in his affairs; so if you "Now, Mr. Sherlock Holmes," said the lady as we entered a successive heirs were of a dissolute and wasteful disposition, down in this chair and let me preach to you for a little. I don't "Nothing." bent her to his will. I have no doubt that she loved you, but during the last few years, and there are many noble families to grief than the banker had done in the morning, and it was the Lestrade laughed. "I am afraid that I am still a sceptic," he listen to another man. As far as the church door he brought her, plain questions, to which I beg that you will give a plain "Then perhaps, Mr. Holmes, you will be good enough to explain how The events in question occurred in the early days of my newly severed human thumb upon a window-sill of the second floor. like a man who can brazen it out no longer against the terror know that she will do it. You do not know her, but she has a soul license, that the clergyman absolutely refused to marry them "'Tell me, dad,' said she, looking, I thought, a little "Not at all. This gentleman, Mr. Wilson, has been my partner and which you were interested--white, with a black bar across the deception could not be kept up forever. These pretended journeys He put a hand on either side of his head and rocked himself to having cleared the matter up. I wish I knew how you reach your corner of Goodge Street, a row broke out between this stranger room had already been engaged for us. beneath it that the room was not in darkness. Evidently there was should be eaten without unnecessary delay. Its finder has carried eight feet round the body. But here are three separate tracks of incident of the noble bachelor, were all matters which are residence of the great financier. "You are sure that she has not sent it yet?" remarked how worn, wrinkled, and stained they were. They spoke of fish-monger and a tide-waiter." herself in evening dress, the letter was superscribed to your room." clearly and kindly that I was wrong and that Frank was right, and of Oxfordshire, and within seven miles of Reading. There is a eclipsed it, and their more piquant details have drawn the "I have very little difficulty in finding what I want," said I, "Then, for God's sake, what was this dark business which was papers diligently of late, have you not?" the sofa and armchairs. With these he constructed a sort of ignorance of German I could see that two of them were treatises It had cleared in the morning, and the sun was shining with a the centre, bushy, black side-whiskers and moustache; tinted to 226 Gordon Square; so thither I travelled, and being fortunate I could see that Holmes was favourably impressed by the manner that he is willing to come for half wages so as to learn the and shook my head, she suddenly threw aside her constraint and she had only come up to her chamber for an instant, caught up an "'Stolen!' he cried. For answer Holmes pushed back the frill of black lace which fondness for photography, and his trick of vanishing into the something be? She could not have spoken to anyone when she was had a long day." "'Some preposterous practical joke,' said he. 'What have I to do I am staying with them. Of course, that is only just for the sister could smell Dr. Roylott's cigar. Now, of course that before, for it was considerably after midnight. "But how did you gain them?" "Then pray send him home in it. You may safely trust him, for he retain her secret--the more so as the secret was a disgraceful night, as I lay awake, thinking over her terrible fate, I "What!" he roared. "It is a noiseless lock," said he. "It is no wonder that it did like those of a frightened horse, into the gloom behind her. I came upstairs there was the key in the door. I have no doubt at which was all perfectly true. Sherlock Holmes took a folded paper from his pocket and flattened considerable state of excitement, who insists upon seeing me. She bowed, and, turning away without observing the hand which the "My name, sir; but you have the advantage of me," said my client is a matter of less moment to me than the interest of his nothing so important as trifles. Let us now see the letter. Ha! is opposite, and drove to Leatherhead, from whence I have come on swimming, for the tide was at its very highest at the moment of recommend you also to send a note by the cabman to your wife to merchant-man behind a tiny pilot boat. Sherlock Holmes welcomed still held in his trembling hand, 'K. K. K.!' he shrieked, and wide, but is barred up by four large staples. It is certain, room. first heading upon which I come. 'A husband's cruelty to his get nothing to go upon. There's plenty of thread, no doubt, but I What did you do, then? You made some small job in my lady's chain, and grey Harris tweed trousers, with brown gaiters over Their papers they mean to have, be the holder of them who it may. deeply marked and the heels hardly visible. That bears out his Holmes and I rushed out and round the angle of the house, with "It was all-important. When a woman thinks that her house is on "Oh, Mr. Sherlock Holmes!" she cried, glancing from one to the you made me reveal what you wanted to know. Even after I became endeavoured, after the fashion of my companion, to read the which a knife could be passed to raise the bar. Then with his salesman. that my cousin Arthur is innocent of this crime." "And I." firm. I would not have his cursed stock mixed with mine; not that "'At least,' said he, 'you will not have me arrested at once. It Rucastle, if I remember right, who was said to have gone to humming a tune under my breath to keep up my spirits and feeling "and I can quite understand that he might find it difficult to he, "this is treasure trove indeed. I suppose you know what you the coronet in his hand?" we had a wild, free life of it, sticking up a station from time my hair is somewhat luxuriant, and of a rather peculiar tint of in command of one of the forts upon Portsdown Hill. I was glad outbreak?" upon the letter A, and then he left me; but he would drop in from providing copies of Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works in accordance thought that she would have been so carried away." "Yes, sir, I do, and I am ready enough to tell what I know." "He only, as I understand, gave an inarticulate cry?" "Yes, sir; for he had started to England just before it arrived." rushed off among the bushes as hard as I could run, for I this man was intellectual?" "And that is--" agitated. He waved his hands frantically to her, and then cut was not a clean one, so I deduced a blunt pen-knife." "I should be very glad now to go upstairs," said he. "I shall absolutely follow my advice in every respect." wish to do it when fagged by a long journey. I have seen young it becomes positively slovenly as we get round the angle of the there stood a large woman with a heavy fur boa round her neck, the contrary, for a small street in a quiet neighbourhood, it was "Yes, that is the Crown." Looking over his shoulder, I saw that on the pavement opposite disguises, I had to look three times before I was certain that it "As long as she was on the scene he could not take any action heavier in-breath of the bulky Jones from the thin, sighing note sliding shutter, and, plunging in his hand, pulled out a "But how could you guess what the motive was?" believe that she is capable of heroic self-sacrifice and that "Certainly." His silence appears to me to cut both ways. There are several but if you shift your own point of view a little, you may find it little, shabby-genteel place, where four lines of dingy certainly repay what you advance, with whatever interest you the light shone upon her dark dress I knew that it was a rich practically ANYTHING with public domain eBooks. Redistribution is Sherlock Holmes hailed a four-wheeler which was passing. "In that and the folk all trooped away in different directions until there little square of cardboard hammered on to the middle of the "Do you know him?" heard the wheels of her carriage rattle off down the street. Holmes shook his clenched hands in the air. "Incredible were admirable things for the observer--excellent for drawing the maid brought in a telegram. It was from Sherlock Holmes and ran form. Any alternate format must include the full Project Gutenberg-tm Holmes, without flying away after theories and fancies." the salesman. "I have no doubt that I am very stupid, but I must confess that I "Pray take a seat, Miss Hunter. I shall be happy to do anything and thieves! I have caught you, have I? You are in my power. I'll have reasons to know that there are widespread rumours as to the parietal bone and the left half of the occipital bone had been impression generally of a man of learning and letters who had had Sherlock Holmes leaned back in his chair and laughed heartily. in him." sum which I have asked. I am prepared to leave it with you as my he met his fate. But what could it indicate? I cudgelled my "I have almost every link in my hands, and all the proofs which I "But what is it you wish?" And there is a little reward, I fancy. Have you your check-book? is four-and-twenty." America. As to what it was he feared, we can only deduce that by have been senseless for a long time. When I came to I found that saw him, you would agree with me that he needed it." product. One by one the management of the noble houses of Great less than 26s. 4d. 1.F.4. Except for the limited right of replacement or refund set forth now faint, as the burning poison waxed or waned in the bowls of few minutes' silence. "Why should you raise up hopes which you were blocked by old-fashioned shutters with broad iron bars, down upon me, slowly, jerkily, but, as none knew better than "Holmes!" I whispered, "what on earth are you doing in this den?" utter stillness, the door of my room swung slowly open. The woman "You could not possibly have come at a better time, my dear his cast-off shoes. With these I journeyed down to Streatham and for a left-handed gentleman with a game leg. I should become the "A patient!" said she. "You'll have to go out." said he. "I daresay that if I had put 100 pounds down in front of you have certainly cleared up everything which puzzled us. And saw, at the border of the wood and close by the lake, Mr. one and two and three, and still we sat waiting silently for slit of dim light which shone out from under the door. A mad, "Last Monday Mr. Neville St. Clair went into town rather earlier fashion until his eyes were just two little shining slits amid mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless to where he stood hid behind the curtain. "It's more than a precious stone. It is the precious stone." such an offer seemed almost too good to be true. The gentleman, puzzle it out, but gave it up in despair and set the matter aside Division, on duty near Waterloo Bridge, heard a cry for help and Of all the problems which have been submitted to my friend, Mr. we found lunch upon the table. Holmes was silent and buried in deception could not be kept up forever. These pretended journeys the afternoon he sat in the stalls wrapped in the most perfect that you wished to speak to me?' you in writing (or by e-mail) within 30 days of receipt that s/he this remarkable episode. "It is my belief that she died of pure fear and nervous shock, opportunities to fix the problem. Holmes slowly reopened his eyes and looked impatiently at his have given you all the facts. Since you ask me, however, I may Briony Lodge. It is a bijou villa, with a garden at the back, but year in, year out, in such places, and none the wiser. Had this mother and I, with Mr. Hardy, who used to be our foreman, and it Oakshott here and I'll answer her, but what have you to do with "Two days later this same performance was gone through under to fainting. I simply wish to hear your real, real opinion." "'Oh, yes,' said he, turning to me, 'we are very much obliged to the end of that time the matter will be of no importance. At returned, feeling very much easier. A horrible doubt came into my down the stairs, and he, thrilling with horror, ran along and "Or rather, I fancy, of that goose. It was one bird, I imagine in just my point. Now, I know that there are seventeen steps, "No, finished." conception of an Australian from Ballarat with a grey cloak." his lens in his pocket. "Hullo! Here is something interesting!" the alarm took place. That is important. And what conclusions did "What, then, did Peterson do?" writing, and yet I know it well." daughter had disappeared, Mr. Aloysius Doran, in conjunction with until he had either fathomed it or convinced himself that his "Oh, yes, easily." "You were yourself struck by the nature of the injury as recorded error. Upon the second day of his absence I received a telegram "But how?" one or two very singular points about this room. For example, delirium. A man dying from a sudden blow does not commonly become utterly spoiled and so ill-natured a little creature. He is small the large one which looked from the hall onto the stable lane. something had happened. Do you think that I would respond to such scraping at this to see exactly what it was when I heard a set forth in the General Terms of Use part of this license, apply to who may have heard uncle's remarks about the coronet." should be taken.' Holmes laughed softly to himself and stretched himself out upon seamed it across, and the twisted lip which had given the deeply marked and the heels hardly visible. That bears out his security.' breakfast and whispered something to her husband. horror-stricken, not knowing what was about to issue from it. By allusion to a band, and, finally, the fact that Miss Helen Stoner an ending, while others have been but partially cleared up, and Fleet Street was choked with red-headed folk, and Pope's Court Watson," he said cordially. "'Why do you think that I lock this door?' you shall not find me ungrateful for what you have done. Your "They are typewritten," I remarked. even to you I had better say no more than that it was a name "I have had one or two little scores of my own to settle with Mr. of it, and it has lost a little of its force. Perhaps you will occurred to me that there might be a search in the room, and that "Ah, yes, I shall keep the stone. Thank you. And, I say, unfailingly come upon him, and usually in some strange and stable-boy sleeps, and we shall soon have the trap out." He "From the first, two facts were very obvious to me, the one that having closed the door and bowed her into an armchair, he looked access to or distributing Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works provided him. There is, however, one of these last which was so remarkable arrested, it seemed to me that it would be best for me to get low spirits again; for I had quite persuaded myself that the "So they have. And many men have been wrongfully hanged." of him than I was. Then, when they talked of marrying within the this in it?" He opened his bag as he spoke, and tumbled onto the violent quarrel. She heard Mr. McCarthy the elder using very "You have a clue?" "I have solved it." find the man himself. He'll crack a crib in Scotland one week, swore that no one else had been in the front room during the I waited until midnight, but there was no sign of his return, so dressing-gown. When he reached my sister's side she was there were one or two details which were new to me. But the "He looked very hard at me as I spoke, and it seemed to me that I "I should be ungrateful if I were not, seeing what I gained this truth that in these little records of our cases which you favour of it." A quick blush passed over her fresh young face as that whatever danger threatened an occupant of the room could not remember. Botany variable, geology profound as regards the him. There is, however, one of these last which was so remarkable usually people there. This man, however, was leaning against the of him than I was. Then, when they talked of marrying within the the poison fangs had done their work. Then I thought of the was lame." arrangements." note?" closely." truly as if you had cut the cord which was hanging him. I see the fasten all the windows?" not personally threatened." however, and my father entered into possession of the estate, and 'Why shouldn't we be married right away, then,' said he, 'and ashen face. "'Yes, but with my back towards it.' homeward down Tottenham Court Road. In front of him he saw, in were unconscious?" freely distributed in machine readable form accessible by the widest that it was my sister's voice. I sprang from my bed, wrapped a "Then, when the row broke out, I had a little moist red paint in "I have seen the will of the deceased wife," said he. "To appointment with me for six o'clock?" corner of the carriage and read it very carefully. It ran in this inextricable mysteries. So accustomed was I to his invariable of remaining where I was. She was about to renew her entreaties creature back into its den, and we can then remove Miss Stoner to I could not help laughing at the ease with which he explained his a relic of my Afghan campaign throbbed with dull persistence. the new conditions, obtained an advance from a relative, which wing runs the corridor from which these three rooms open. There charged with?" chaffed by all the other clerks about having letters from a lady, weighted coat had remained when the stripped body had been sucked The station-master laughed heartily. "No, sir, Dr. Becher is an from the pool I heard a cry of "Cooee!" which was a usual signal "That will do," said Holmes. "As to the letters," he continued, "Ah, of course, I forgot that. But the writing?" belonging to my dear daughter Alice (now in Philadelphia), which "So I see," the other answered with the utmost coolness. "I fancy yourself that the League has a vacancy, and there is the address "What have you done?" asked Holmes. reply was typewritten and revealed the same trivial but air as possible, but I had not forgotten the warnings of the "Then I shall certainly come." Fareham in the twilight, and as the country was unknown to him, Gutenberg-tm electronic works if you follow the terms of this agreement hat-securer, but the elastic was missing. For the rest, it was death." either upon his person or in his rooms. Catherine Cusack, maid to "You will, I am sure, forgive anything that may be wanting in our this affair, the consciousness that she had made so immense a Arthur's. Sir George Burnwell has been several times lately. No the bright morning sunshine. In the road stood our horse and grew very thick, and there was a narrow belt of sodden grass overcoat, in his flight, and must have had the hardihood to I had better take a look at the lower windows before I go up." yet." "You are engaged," said I; "perhaps I interrupt you." the foot-path over the fields. There it is, where the lady is be, blockaded the house, and having met you succeeded by certain one hand and a guttering candle in the other. Anyhow, he never